XVIII.14 On the political state of peoples who do not cultivate the land

These peo­ples enjoy great free­dom : for since they do not till the land, they are not tied to it ; they are nomads, vaga­bonds ; and if a chief wan­ted to take their free­dom from them, they would imme­dia­tely go seek it with ano­ther chief, or else they would with­draw into the woods and live there with their family. Among these peo­ples man’s free­dom is so great that it neces­sa­rily entails the liberty of the citi­zen.